Consultation countdown on Longdendale traffic scheme
Wednesday 29th March 2017 10:21 Longdendale News Posted by Adam Higgins

Time is running out for people to have their say on the multi-million pound scheme to take traffic away from Mottram and over a spur to Brookfield and on into Glossop.

Hundreds of people poured into Glossop’s Bradbury Community House last Friday and Tesco Hattersley last Saturday for Highway England’s latest public consultation sessions.

Facing them were plans, maps and a virtuality reality presentation showing the A and B Options for the Mottram Moor Link Road and the A57 Glossop Spur.

Just like at the previous session at Mottram Community Centre, there were plenty of Highways England officers to offer advice and help in filling out consultation questionaires.

The main focus of interest was the virtual reality screening, which gave a bird’s eye view of both options, showing the route of both roads from the M67 Roundabout to Mottram Moor and Brookfield.

It also illustrated the tunnels and roundabouts that drivers will come across once work on the roads, which starts in the summer of 2020, is finished.

The busiest man at Bradbury Community House was High Peak MP Andrew Bingham, who ‘insisted’ Highways England has put Glossop on the public consultation map.

He spent six hours at the Market Street people’s centre, meeting constituents and answering their questions.

Taking a few minutes break to talk to the Reporter and Chronicle, he said: “I thought it was important to hold one of these events in Glossop.

“It’s been busy all day, people were queuing at the door to get in.”

Plans: Interested locals came along to the public consultation in Glossop to view the two options on the table

The consultation into Glossop and Longdendale’s part of the £15bn Trans-Pennine Upgrade Programme was of particular significance to the MP.

He had brought a succession of Roads Ministers to the area to see the problems caused by ever increasing amounts of traffic, and has constantly fought for a bypass in Parliament with Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds.

Mr Bingham said he was delighted a start date for the link roads has been set and that the real need now was the extension up the valley.

“I was delighted that Highways England came to Glossop, after I insisted that they did so, and I was pleased to see that between 400 and 500 people came along to the event,” he said.

“I was there throughout and spoke to many residents, and the message we are all sending back to Highways England is that the scheme committed to is fine, but we need to see it extended around Hollingworth and Tintwistle as part of the second Road Investment Strategy.”

The final public consultation is from 10am to 6pm on Saturday (April 1) at St Mary’s Church on Market Street in Hollingworth.

All consultations must be in by Monday, April 10.

You can respond by completing the questionnaire online at www.highways.gov.uk/trans-pennine-upgrade/, email [email protected] or write to Freepost Trans-Pennine Upgrade Programme.

Highways England officers will sift through the consultation responses and decide on the option sometime this summer.

 

By David Jones